GIFF.Docu is a separate area of the GIFF festival. It accepts entries from documentary filmmakers from all over the world. The main task of the festival is to tell stories about people from different parts of the world and combine them into a common picture of the world.
Who can participate?
People over the age of 21 from all over the world
Lives of the Distinguished People
Man with a Movie Camera
A Hero of Our Time
Author's documentary works with elements of self-portrait, created for blogs and social media
One day in the life
Documentaries limited to the events of one or two days
Film portraits based on the biographies of people who have made significant contributions to the culture and art history
Stories about people who shape modern society
Experimental documentary films focused on the evolution of modern cinematic language
Own among strangers

Stories about travelers and people exploring the world
Opening Date
May 4, 2022
Late Deadline
February 25, 2023
Extended Deadline
March 18, 2023
Event Date
April 15, 2023
"Film and media industry experts from around the world came together to evaluate hundreds of projects from all over the world"
The first Russian TV channel of short films
"GIFF is a unique platform for creative people interested in the world of cinema"
Australian film magazine
"With this festival, we want to support independent authors from all over the world and let them know that their opinion is important, and their talent will definitely find its audience"
Portal for young filmmakers
Please, read the rules before you apply the work
Rules & Terms
1. All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.
2. There is entry fee required. Festival participation fees are non-refundable.
3. Work duration criteria:
- short films must be no longer than 30 minutes;
- documentaries must be no longer than 120 minutes;
- scripts must be no longer than 140 pages.
4. Selected films will be required to submit a high-resolution file of the project. To submit films for consideration to the Film Selection Committee fill out the online entry form and upload the film.
Accepted formats for visual artwork: .mp4 files, Vimeo/YouTube links, dropbox links or any cloud storage link.
5. All producers and/or directors who own the rights to the film they are submitting are eligible for competition.
6. Each filmmaker or producer may submit as many films as desired. An entry form for each work must be submitted.
7. If selected, participants will be notified via email in order to continue in the competition.
8. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations
9. By submitting an application to us, you give us the right to show your film online and also in front of a live audience in Moscow, Russia. Not all nominated films will be screened.
By submitting, the individual or corporation submitting the project hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the project for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
Festival organizers